Millennials: Old vs. Young

Jesse Singal: “Many, many people who are in their late 20s and early 30s simply don’t feel like they are a part of the endlessly dissected millennial generation. As it turns out, there are good reasons for this. Old Millennials … who were born around 1988 or earlier … really have lived substantively different lives than Young Millennials, who were born around 1989 or later, as a result of two epochal events … the financial crisis and smartphones’ profound takeover of society.”

“To be sure, the dissociation … is partly an inevitable artifact of the artificial way we construct generations in the first place. Generations are usually defined as anyone who was born within a span of about 18 years or so, and a lot happens in 18 years.”

“What all this suggests is that there’s very little to be gained from lumping together all millennials in one group … While the Old and Young Millennial categories aren’t carved in stone, and there is certainly some overlap (especially for those who were influenced by older siblings), it doesn’t benefit anyone to act like a 33-year-old and a 23-year-old came up in the same general climate, or with access to the same types of world-altering technology.”


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